Duration
Full-time: 1 year
Next start date
2018 Semester One – 22 January
2019 Semester One – Late January
Available locations
Epsom
Points
150
Programme type
Postgraduate

Programme overview

This programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills to support young children in their learning and development from birth to the age of six.

With emphasis placed on practical experience, you will work alongside experienced teachers in a range of early childhood settings during practicum placements.

By the end of the programme you will be familiar with the New Zealand early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki and effective teaching practice. You will also be eligible to apply for provisional certification as a practising early childhood teacher.  

Programme structure

This is an intensive 150 point programme equivalent to 1.25 years of full-time study completed within a 12-month period and combines theory and practice.

For detailed course information, read here.  

Sample programme structure

Semester 1 90 points
  • Code:
    EDCURRIC 630
    Name:
    Early Years Curriculum
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDCURRIC 632
    Name:
    The Arts
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDCURRIC 634
    Name:
    Hauora
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDCURRIC 635
    Name:
    Exploration
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDPRAC 621
    Name:
    Conceptualising Practice
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDPROFST 622
    Name:
    Learning Theories
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
Semester 2 60 points
  • Code:
    EDCURRIC 631
    Name:
    Languages and Cultures
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDCURRIC 633
    Name:
    Te Ao Māori Early Childhood Education
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDPRAC 622
    Name:
    Pedagogy in Practice
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDPROFST 621
    Name:
    Personal Pedagogy
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts

2018 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 150 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 2.4

    Bachelors degree

Further programme requirements

Taught 150 points

You must have completed a bachelors degree or higher in any discipline with a GPA of 2.4.

Entrance is subject to satisfactory police check/s, safety checks, interview and referees’ reports. You will be required to sit literacy and numeracy tests.

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 150 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 2.4

    An undergraduate degree

  • Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    7.0

Further programme requirements

Taught 150 points

You must have completed an undergraduate degree at a recognised university (or similar institution) in any discipline with a GPE of 2.4.

Entrance is subject to satisfactory police check/s, safety checks, interview and referees’ reports. You will be required to sit literacy and numeracy tests.

How much does a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) cost per year?

2018 fees

Domestic students
NZ$9,429*
International students
NZ$31,313*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 2018 fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $6.78 per point, estimated at $1,017.00 for full-time study (150 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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Key dates

This programme is no longer accepting applications for online delivery. The only delivery mode is face-to-face. 

Please note, the start date below is incorrect. This programme next starts 2018 Semester One 22 January.

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2018
1 November 2017

Start dates

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Other important dates

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Where could this programme take you?

While many graduates go on to teach in early childhood settings in New Zealand or overseas, the programme will also provide you with transferable skills that can be applied to a range of careers. By already holding a bachelors degree you will be eligible to start on a higher step of the salary scale in services covered by the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) teaching collective agreement for early childhood teachers.

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